Google Books allows you to browse and purchase print books and e-books. You can find the right e-book that meets your needs and reading interests. To get to Google Books, go to Google.com and click on more and select Books from the drop down menu as shown below.
You will be directed to the Google Books landing page:
On this page, you will have two choices. In the box to the left, it reads Researching a Topic?. You can enter keywords to search a specific topic you wish to research and/or read about. In the box to the right, you can choose to enter the Google eBookstore if you wish to browse Google’s massive collection of print and e-books, many of which are available for free. There are over 3 million e-books that are available including a massive collection of free e-books. Google Books makes it easier for you to have access to many different forms of literature including periodicals, print books, e-books, etc.
If you have a specific topic in mind you are researching, you should utilize the search box on the left. Click on the search box and enter keywords:
In the example above, you are shown how and where to enter keywords in the search box. In the example, the words technology and society are entered. After entering your text in the search box, click the Search Books button to the right as shown below
On submit, you will be directed to a listing of books matching the search criteria as see on the next image:
Scroll down and find a book that interests you. You can read the short descriptions to get an idea of what the book is about. When you find one that interests click on the image of the book or select the hyper-linked text, click on it. In the example below, the third book down was selected:
In the above example, you are given a more in depth description of the book. To check if this book will meet your needs, you can search in the box labeled From inside the book keywords covering specific topics of interest. This will help to evaluate whether this book discusses your specific area of interest or not. On the right hand side of the screen you will see ways in which you can acquire this book as shown in the following image:
In the example above, you can see the many different ways you can acquire and purchase this book. On the top you are given the option to be directed to Google ebookstore and shop for ebooks. On the lower half of this area you are given different book vendors where you can shop online for this particular book to include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million and you are also shown the prices in green text.
There is also an option to Find in Library under the listing on book vendors. If you wish to locate a library near you where you can check the book out that option is also available for you.
If you scroll down the page, you will see book reviews written on this product as shown in the image below:
As you can see someone by the name of Kayla from Goodreads liked the book. She said even though it was a textbook she enjoyed it and that it was the only textbook she read word-for-word as illustrated in the following image:
In addition you are given a set of related books that you may find interesting as well just below the book reviews.
That pretty much covers how you navigate through Google Books by researching a specific topic. As illustrated below, this tutorial covered how to research a topic in Google Books.
The second choice is the Google eBookstore which covers how you can browse the Google eBookstore to locate books both in print and in electronic format. The Google eBookstore as indicated on the screen shot is new, hence the red text highlighting the word New! That topic will be covered in the next tutorial labeled Introduction to Google eBookstore.
Also notice the underlined and boldface blue text My Library. That is an online collection area where you can digitally store all of the books you have acquired. That will also be covered in another tutorial. Thank you!